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Women's Soccer Team Wins Region 19 Semi-final Game;
Advances to Final


West Windsor, N.J. -- There's no better time to come together as a team than in the post season. That's the case for the MCCC women's soccer team, which displayed a solid passing game and great decision-making in its 3-0 win over Sussex CC in the semi-final round of the NJCAA Region 19 Tournament. The game was played on Oct. 26 at the Mercer Soccer Stadium. (The Vikings played Sussex to a 2-2 tie during the regular season.)

Freshman forward Cristina Alonso was a decisive presence, scoring two goals in the first half. Midfielder Ana Garcia-Donas added a goal in the second half. Alonso leads the team in goals (12) and assists (9) and has been named the NJCAA Region 19 Player of the Year in women's soccer.

According to Head Coach Jodie Ricciardi, now in her fourth season with the Vikings, the success in the semis was a total team effort. "We came out ready to play. We passed nicely and kept possession of the ball until we were able to take nice shots on goal." Ricciardi also credits her team with being patient and not forcing the ball up field too quickly.

Reflecting on their upcoming title game against Burlington, Ricciardi said, "We are looking to do the exact same thing we did against Sussex - come out strong and stay strong throughout." This week's preparation will include some shooting and possession drills.

The women face Burlington CC in the Region 19 final on Saturday at NJIT at 5 p.m. The MCCC men's final follows at 7:30 p.m.

Marissa Segal defends the goal.
Back to midfield after Alonso's second goal
Defender Brittney Fornarotto


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Pre-game line-up
Forward Cristina Alonso on the ball
Forward Jessica Villalba
Women's coaching staff, foreground from left, Head Coach Jodie Ricciardi and Asst. Coach Bob Gioscio; background from left, Asst. Coaches Joe Franc and Mike DeAngelis

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